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2012/04/10 / Gem R. Zhang

Island Paradise Discovered: Gibitngil Island Medellin Cebu




High jumps!

… and more jumps of Fun!

Funtastic Island! @ Medellin’s Gitbitngil Island~♪

For people that might have been to Palawan… would definitely say that this island is unexpectedly this close… so close and similar with the features of what you can also see in Palawan!

Ought to be discovered yet… those amazing rock formations

white sand beach

blue crystal clear water and amazingly visible school of flying fishes jumping together over water whenever a boat comes in their way… a full of life marine sanctuary!

We got a paradise here! Cebu’s mini-palawan, coral-island, Gibitngil Island!

What fascinated me most is actually the entire boat ride on the way to the island. I saw birds soaring over the sea waters. And it is said that if you take an early morning ride, you might also able to see the dolphins jumping over the waters too! And as the island was becoming more visible, I was awed by its rock formations.

At low-tide, the entire island would look like an umbrella they say or a “top” (which was a famous native toy in our country before), a rock “top” rather… because the island is really like a whole huge rock placed in between the Cebu and Leyte channel.

Among the rock formations are tiny caves, and have you ever seen birds flying from cave to cave. If only I was able to get closer, I would definitely take a peek and find if there are any bird’s nests rested among these caves! 😀

Gibitngil Marine Sanctuary Station 1

The boat ride takes you to see the façade of the island and then takes you to a little detour to the west side of the island, a really good opportunity for people to get a picture on what this island is made of. At the west side part of the island is where the beach area is located. The beach area is cove-like, and a white sand beach spot in the middle.

You’re standing at the main island’s white sand beach and fronting this?

Wow isn’t that a spectacular view of a rock resort isn’t it? Truly Gibitngil Island is not just an island BUT its comes with beautiful and naturally formed Rock Islets!

That’s why for me it’s similar with Palawan but in mini form! 😀

And here you go standing on one of the rock islets facing the main island beach..

This is the western side of the cove…

and then the eastern part is this! Amazingly beautiful!

It’s like you’re in Atlantis, lost as if you are but enveloped in a paradise as beautiful as this! 🙂

And now the fun is all yours with your family and friends! 😉

cottage selling drinks

It’s really great for picnics with friends and family bonding here.

Plus there’s NO Corkage Fee if you’re planning on bringing food from outside… which is for me really advisable to bring something ahead since that it’s a newly developed resort yet… there are no restaurants or small eateries here so be cautious if ever you want a great food party here 😀

Only that I’ve noticed only one (1) Sari-sari store and a cottage of selling highly-priced drinks (considerably paying the price of importing drinks in such remote island).

Tourists arriving~

The tide is great here, high jumps is what most people enjoyed~! From the diving board down to the sea is about 10~12 meters in height! (O.o)

And the cool crystal clean waters, most loved especially by people who loves to go for snorkeling. And the fishes are visible here even without those gears on. You can see the fishes even if you’re above the water! 🙂

Bantay Dagat Headquarters

Gibitngil Island is a well-protected Marine sanctuary by the residents and the Sea patrol. And really a safe place, the Sea patrol headquarters is just nearby the resort area.

Solar-panel powered resident's private cottage

Solar-panel powered resort cottage

I can see that this resort is really well supported and well-protected by the local government, because as you can see… that even a simple privately-owned by an island resident got a solar-panel(!?) how cool is that! (O.o) And yeah there are also some resort cottages here that are solar-paneled equipped! 😀

Want to see something cooler? Well, here’s the Mayor approaching the resort on a speed boat.

Everyone make way for the Mayor… wow truly it was like a grand entrance “I thought..” XD

The mayor, Mayor Ramirez, must be really nice to take a visit, and greeted the visitors here. And yeah, swimming also ofcourse! :p And yet he really does find time to chat with the visitors here. That he even also visited our cottage. Too bad that I was not there, I was busy strolling around the resort taking these pictures 😦

I would have shook his hand and says… “I’m going to blog about this Sire” Lol… XD

But when he was about to leave the resort , surely did I’m glad that he waved his final goodbye right at me! hehe :p

How to get here:

Medellin Docksides

Alpine Pantalan

Mayor Sea Patrol Boat

Manong Jonathan's Pumpboat

  • If you start-up your trip in Cebu City, take a bus ride for Medellin via Kawit at the North Bus Terminal.

Note: There are two routes in getting to Medellin.

1) “via Kawit” & 2) “via Maya-Bagay”.

But if one wants to go to Gibitngil Island Medellin, they should take the bus that takes the “via Kawit” route. “via Maya-Bagay” route passes at a different area in Medellin which brings you until to the northern end of Cebu which is “Maya”. Maya is where the dock site for Malaspascua Island and Bantayan Islands is located by the way.

It takes about 3-4 hours ride by bus. For starters, inform ahead the in-charge to drop you off at Medellin Poblacion or at the Medellin Docksides. Bus fare rate ranges to 150~170 Pesos.

Note: Medellin Docksides is an ongoing project promoting Medellin’s Eco-tourism.

  • From Medellin Poblacion or Medellin Docksides, take a tricycle ride for “Alpine Pantalan”. It is where you will find boat rides for Gibitngil Island. “Alpine Pantalan” is located in Sitio Balintawak, Kawit, Medellin, Cebu. Minimum tricycle fare in Medellin is at 10 Pesos per person (rates subject to changes depending on distance range).
  • From Alpine Pantalan, take a 20~30 minute boat ride for Gibitngil Island. Round-trip rate per boat ranges from 1000~1500 Pesos. There are boats provided by the Medellin government’s Bantay Dagat unit AKA “Mayor Sea Patrol” is at a fixed rate of 2000 Pesos (maximum of 20 persons, including free resort cottage use). For Medellin residents, rate is at a discounted rate of 1500 Pesos. Private boats are also available at a rate that starts at 1000 Pesos (negotiable). During peak seasons and holidays, reservations on these boats are recommended. For Bantay Dagat boats, contact 4362031 or 09176234925. You may also want to make a reservation with a private boat owned by Jonathan at contact number 09325052945 (boat maximum of 10 persons, 1000 Pesos, Round-trip).

So if you’re planning for a great escape for the Summer, make part for a Funtastic Island fun now in the itinerary. And head off to Gibitngil Island 🙂

NAME: Funtastic Island
LOCATION: Sitio Baring, Gibitngil Island, Medellin, Cebu
For Reservations, CONTACT: 4362031 / 09176234925

Entrance FeePHP10
Small Cottages APHP50
Small Cottages BPHP75
Small Cottages CPHP150
Medium Kiosk with diving boardPHP200
Medium cottages with grill areaPHP200
Big kiosk on topPHP250
Pump Boat / Mayor Sea Patrol boatPHP1500~PHP2000 (maximum of 20 persons)

*Gibitngil residents are free to use on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays except holidays.

-TV with Movies and Karaoke facility
-can be occupied up to 4-6 persons
-2 bedrooms, Extra Mattresses can be requested
-room with balcony
CONTACT NO.# 09285078107

日本語版でFUNtastic Islandのご案内は、下記のイメージをクリックして、ご覧になれます↓



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  1. xinechan / Apr 11 2012 1:34 AM

    super nice blog!

  2. chris / Apr 11 2012 11:56 AM

    very very nice place, i like, and i love to come this place……

  3. Henri Tan / Apr 17 2012 5:12 AM

    how do we get here if we are from cebu city.

    • ラルス珍・RarusuChin / Apr 17 2012 6:22 AM

      hi! its actually written in the post na po.. at the lower part of the blog post. pls check. thanks! 🙂

  4. Kein / Apr 19 2012 5:17 AM

    can we do overnight?

    • ラルス珍・RarusuChin / Apr 19 2012 5:38 AM

      i think that would be a little difficult because they dont have facilities for overnight stay yet. and im not sure if they allow camping. you may inquire though their contact no. given.. but anyway there are places to stay for the night back at the main land medellin or at nearby towns san remegio or bogo city. its just 10-20mins away to the island by boat from the main island cebu..

  5. Estrella / Apr 19 2012 7:04 AM

    ,.gurl,.super nice,..^^^,..**,.ahahaha i love this,.<3

  6. Euradel / Apr 20 2012 12:57 AM

    coming over^_^

    • ラルス珍・RarusuChin / Apr 23 2012 4:10 AM

      i see. i hope you’ll also come to have great fun there as i did. take care! 🙂

      • Euradel / Apr 23 2012 5:23 AM

        i sure will ^_^

  7. Miemie / Apr 21 2012 2:40 AM

    Mahawak is not a sitio.. It is also a baranggay next to Kawit.. Alpine Pantalan is located in Sitio Balintawak, Kawit, Medellin, Cebu.. Just to correct.. 😀 I am from Kawit, btw.

    • ラルス珍・RarusuChin / Apr 21 2012 2:50 AM

      wow thank you so much for the update. my family is from tindog medellin too but i honestly dont know much when it comes to exact addresses bec i grew up here in the city na. but we have a house there bec my parents still go home there every weekend.

      but anyway its really nice to hear someone from medellin too. i hope to meet you someday. keep in touch. ill be updating this post later. thanks for the visit! 🙂

  8. sha pabi / Apr 21 2012 7:09 AM

    interesting and nice place…we love to camp..i hope we can do that, thanks for the info provided…you have superb communication skills.. 🙂

    • ラルス珍・RarusuChin / Apr 23 2012 4:08 AM

      yes its really a nice place! the pictures are not even edited! raw pics..! what you see is what really is 😀

      well except for one photo..(the 5th photo) which i have to edit the exposure level bec the weather started to become gloomy as rain’s coming.. 😦

      wow thank you so much for the compliment 🙂 i’m still trying to become a good writer though XD

  9. Zen / May 6 2012 1:22 PM

    is there a safe place for kids to swim like a nice white beach? 🙂

    • ラルス珍・RarusuChin / May 7 2012 1:48 AM

      yes of course they have a white-sand beach side! in fact its at the 9th pic of the post! safe for the kids also. (but be sure to keep watch also so that they won’t end up going to the end where it gradually goes deep). the place is for the whole family to enjoy! 🙂

  10. gendy vercide / May 15 2012 7:29 AM

    woooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwww…………….very nice!!!!!!! i just hope that those pics are not edited like the other resorts ive had visited!! but my friends went already here and they said its really very nice and their pics were the same as urs! im just scared travelling wth my 3y.o daughter……… here very safe???

    • ラルス珍・RarusuChin / May 15 2012 7:42 AM

      nope they are indeed not edited! 🙂 (well except for the 5th photo which i edited the lightness because the weather was becoming gloomy. not enough light)

      i think that its more safe at the white beach area here. just don’t bring her off too far to the deep. when we went here. we also brought along a 4 year old. basta lng also always keep watch lng pud 🙂

  11. jessah / May 15 2012 1:36 PM

    ms. same ra ang rate during weekdays and weekends? if dili same ang rate hm mn pud? ang zipline ky open na siya everyday? tnx

    • ラルス珍・Rarusu Chin / May 30 2012 3:11 AM

      Hi Jessah! Please contact Medellin Funtastic Island Resort directly at numbers 4362031 & 09176234925 so your questions will be answered accordingly. Thank you for visiting

  12. ayan / May 30 2012 4:41 PM

    wow.sarap tumalon

  13. Tina / May 31 2012 2:48 PM

    can we do an overnight stay there?

    • ラルス珍・Rarusu Chin / Jun 1 2012 1:21 AM

      There were no accommodation facilities on the island but for sure there are lots in the main land towns such as Medellin, Bogo, and especially San Remigio! I’m not sure if they allow camping but I think camping might be a great idea especially for Barkadas. Just contact Medellin Funtastic Island Resort directly at numbers 4362031 & 09176234925 so your questions will surely be answered. Thank you for visiting 🙂

    • Anne / Sep 7 2012 4:38 AM

      there are several resorts in kawit (where u take the boat to the island) and mahawak (next to kawit). you can go back there, enjoy the sunset, spend the night and go back to the city the following day. if you are bringing cars wiht you, you can check in before going to the island. but i think you have to arrange for your dinner beforehand or drop by kawit public market and buy some fresh catch and have a bbq/bonfire thing in your resort.

  14. ken / Aug 13 2012 3:08 AM

    でも、CEBU Cityから、バスと船を乗り継いで行くのが難しそうですね。

  15. Mariz / Sep 8 2012 2:02 PM

    Do they have rooms for overnights?

  16. Misty / Oct 17 2012 6:04 AM

    No doubt the place is beautiful, but what makes it UGLY are those structures built on rock formations! It’s amazing how many people destroy the nature’s beauty to make money.. 😦

  17. Leandro Padilla (@leandrogwt) / Oct 21 2012 4:15 AM

    Paytera jud diring lugara.. 🙂

  18. Raquel Lim / Nov 5 2012 3:53 AM

    really funtastic island!!!!! Enjoy your trip guys……..gogogogogo

  19. nenskei / Nov 22 2012 4:12 AM

    what a paradise.
    Hope to visit Cebu too.

  20. jason / Mar 4 2013 9:21 AM

    hey my friends are planning to visit that fantastic place..I hoe its really fun out there

  21. mackkoii / Mar 30 2013 1:14 AM

    can we stay overnight at this island?

  22. Lala / Apr 14 2013 10:19 AM

    Hi,..ask LNG ko, naa rai boat f ever solo traveller..kay mura pakyaw man jud rate 1500-2000..

  23. Mely / Apr 26 2013 7:44 AM

    Naa nay overnight stay sa gibitngil island?

  24. Lower price New Orleans Hotels / May 2 2013 7:17 PM

    Your means of telling all in this article is truly
    good, all be capable of effortlessly know it, Thanks a lot.

  25. Amaya Han / Sep 14 2013 6:16 PM

    Hey! Does this place have a river and a forest?
    I saw in that it has a “Dagusungan River”.. is that river near or just in the Gitbingil island? 🙂

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